Security Awareness Training, Internet Security for Employees
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Security Awareness Training, Internet Security for Employees

Basic security awareness guide on Internet security and privacy to help keep you, your home, and your employer safe.
4.4 (3,590 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
13,451 students enrolled
Created by Roy Davis
Last updated 4/2019
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This course includes
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 1 article
  • 2 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Discover the WHY behind security awareness. This will help make things stick!
  • How to build up your resilience to attacks and why this is more important than you currently think.
  • Learn about social engineering, what makes it work, and how to spot the red flags before you get duped.
  • Learn the fast and easy process to spot a fake email.
  • Hear password best practices you can actually follow.
  • How to create security questions that aren't easily guessed.
  • Learn about ransomware, why it's popular, and what you can do to prevent it.
  • How to browse the Internet safely and learn about typosquatting, malicious websites, and more.
  • Discover safe mobile device usage and how to stay safe even while traveling.
  • Determine which data is regulated and how to avoid accidental disclosure (basically data leaking).
  • Why securing your desk or computer is important.
  • Be able to communicate securely and effectively. And how to talk to your IT friends or co-workers.
  • Pick your favorite web browser and be willing to learn security awareness topics!
  • Understand that this is a security awareness training course which means it involves the "what," the "why," and basic behavior tips.

Why Security Awareness?

Data breaches are on the rise and it's getting more and more dangerous to function online. This is where a good security awareness program is important. Most importantly, we (the nerds) need YOU to help keep things secure.

That's right. Security is more than an IT or Security department function and we haven't been as good at communicating that to you in the past.

You may hear professionals claim how everyone is getting compromised over simple attacks that have been around for decades. It starts off as something that's easy to prevent then launches into an intelligence war. "It's easy to protect yourself," some may claim. "All you need to do is be careful what you download, who you talk to, and what you allow to happen." They give off the vibe that people don't care.

If you boil everything down to its most basic essence, then maybe that could be true. If it's so easy then why do we continue to get hammered with news of more breaches?

Unfortunately, even the best security awareness programs out there are missing one key part. 

The WHY.

Making Security Awareness Better

This security awareness training course will not only give you the "what" to look out for, but also the "why" and how the "what" works. After taking this course you'll be armed with knowledge on how to better protect yourself and your organization from threats.

Surprisingly, the biggest change will probably not be to start doing, but rather to stop doing. You'll be surprised to how some of your behavior is super risky, even without you realize you were doing it.

And the best part is, I won't twist your arm or shame you into changing. I sincerely want you to succeed so there's no victim shaming here. I believe there's a better way to change your behavior than vehemently shove security terms and nerd speak down your throat.

This Security Awareness Course IS:

  1. a security awareness course meaning it's information and awareness based. We're going to be looking at the "what," the "why," and some behaviors.

  2. essentially a computer and Internet safety training course.

  3. for anyone at work who has a security awareness training requirement.

  4. for home users who simply want to learn more about internet security and privacy.

This Security Awareness Course is NOT:

  1. a technical or operational security guide.

  2. a technically charged course with jargon that only your IT or Security department would understand.

Since this course is NOT technical, beginners ranging form your co-worker that barely knows how to turn a computer on to your Grandma that uses Facebook too much can take and understand this course. We're simply looking at threats, attack vectors, and behaviors to help reduce the sting of attacks.

Real Reviews From Amazing Students

The instructor was knowledgeable and presented security awareness a bit different than I've seen before... - Rob

...I learned quite a lot of stuff I didn't know. - Julie

Small course. Easy to understand for everybody. - Rey

The course is well organized and provides helpful tips on how to be aware and prevent security issues. - Carlson

More fun than I expected! - Scot

Join Me Today!

Thank you for your interest in this security awareness training course. It means a lot to me and all the other security professionals out there that you care about your online safety.

If you're here because your company requires security awareness training and you're thinking about choosing this course - awesome. Let me know if you have any questions. If you don't have a security program in place, this course will help get you started. 

To move forward, please click on the Buy Now button on the right side of the page to enroll in this course. I can't wait to see you on the inside and I look forward to serving you. Thanks!

All the best,



I believe in continuous improvement in all my courses and products! Here's the list of updates to this Beginner Security Awareness Training course since release:

  1. Added resource links from the course to lectures on 4/4/2019.

  2. Added the Security Awareness Training Course Slides (48 page PDF) resource to the new Security Awareness Training Course Resources lecture on 4/4/2019.

  3. Added a Security Awareness Training Course Companion (38 page PDF) resource to the new Security Awareness Training Course Resources lecture on 4/4/2019.

  4. Added 2 new lectures on 4/2/2019.

  5. Added U.S. English captions to all videos on 3/29/2019. The auto-generated captions were bad.

  6. Updated lecture descriptions and fixed a few wording issues on 3/7/2018.

  7. Updated quizzes to fix wording issues, spelling, grammar, and some blank answers on 2/21/2018.

  8. Added a short quiz at the end of every section on 1/15/2018. Have you been paying attention? :)

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone who wants to learn about security awareness and privacy online for personal development or to help protect their family.
  • Employees who use a computer and the Internet to do their jobs.
  • Those who want to learn more about protecting themselves against basic attacks such as phishing, social engineering, malicious websites, etc.
  • Anyone who's looking for a basic security awareness course.
  • IT folks who need ideas on how to reach their users.
  • Anyone who wants a peek into the state of information security.
  • This course is NOT meant for people looking for advanced knowledge by way of technical guidance or operational security.
Course content
Expand all 31 lectures 01:00:54
+ Introduction
3 lectures 06:39

Get your additional Security Awareness Training course materials here. You'll find the course slides as well as a written course companion. Enjoy!

Security Awareness Training Course Resources

The threat landscape is increasing. It's important to raise your security awareness because there are more dangers than what your IT or Security department can reasonably cover.

Preview 03:17

Things can go wrong quicker than you think. This brief lecture will illustrate a real life example of why this is important. I've personally seen something like this example happen 3 times.

Preview 03:16

This quiz deals with the introductory topics of what and why security awareness is important.

There will be a quiz at the end of all 10 sections to help keep you sharp. You'll do great!

Security Awareness Intro Quiz
2 questions
+ User and Device Accountability
4 lectures 04:30

Pointing fingers is the least helpful way to bring everyone together. We're going to start this security awareness training off right by setting appropriate expectations.

Preview 01:41

If you come across something you don't recognize it's only natural to wonder why you received it and try to figure out the next steps. The bad thing about your amazing inquisitive nature is how exploitative it is.

Preview 00:38

No one expects you to know every cybersecurity nuance. The best course of action is to get to know your helpful IT or Security department! If IT or Security options are limited, be the champion for training. It will be a little bit challenging, but so worth it.

Preview 00:53
Communication is extremely important. One good thing to do before things go haywire is to develop a basic relationship with someone who can help you with security.
Find a Security Buddy
1 question

Locking your computer and keeping your desk clutter-free is probably not something in the forefront of your mind. That's ok. The important thing is from now on, you make it harder for people to potentially run amok in your name.

Preview 01:18

The User and Device Accountability Quiz covers setup information regarding mindset.

User and Device Accountability Quiz
4 questions
+ Phishing and Other Malicious Emails
3 lectures 09:26

Email is arguably the crux of security awareness programs. Many people think of spam filters as a locked door of an apartment building that only allows residents to unlock and enter. Unfortunately spam protection isn't as definitive as a lock and key. You still need to be on your guard.

Brief Intro to Spam Protection

Phishing is an attack that sounds incredibly easy to mitigate. When you hear security professionals give tips on how to avoid it you think aloud, That's easy! But you can still get caught off guard with convincing messages. This lecture will give tips on what you're default state of mind should be.

Beware of Phishing
OpenDNS has an interesting quiz where you mark a screenshot of a website as phish or real. There are 14 screenshots to go through with a quick review at the end. Give it a try and see how well you do!
Phishing Quiz - Can You Spot Differences Between a Real and Fake Website?
2 questions

Having a default state of mind that emails you don't recognize are bogus is one thing. What about an incredibly convincing attack? We'll go over a crazy good example in this lecture.

Scammy Email Example
Phishing and Other Malicious Emails Quiz
3 questions
+ Social Engineering
3 lectures 09:07

In this next security awareness section, we'll look at trickery that doesn't rely as heavily on technology. Social engineering can take many forms. This lecture covers what social engineering is at the basic level and expands on 3 major categories that you can expect to see.

Intro to Social Engineering

You'll learn to spot social engineering by thinking of the 3 part formula found in this lecture. We'll also go over 9 of the most common traits of social engineering that should throw up red flags.

How to Spot Social Engineering Attempts

This example shows how security controls can be bypassed and how your accounts can be breached without knowing your password! This example illustrates why you can't let your guard down just because you think you're protected.

Social Engineering Example
Social Engineering Quiz
3 questions
+ Handling of Data (Data Leakage)
4 lectures 07:23

This bit of security awareness focuses a bit more internally. Leaking data can be accidental. This lecture will provide a couple brief ways data can be accidentally leaked.

Transmitting Data

Your organization will have the specific procedures to follow but we can review tips on how to be more aware of your communications. This lecture covers the 8 major ways you can help avoid accidental data leakage.

Keeping Information in the Right Hands

Cloud storage isn't inherently bad. It's proving to be more useful than not. However, you still need to be careful before you decide to move all files to a platform or even use a cloud provider at work without your IT department knowing.

Use of Cloud Storage

There are a ton of regulations protection certain types of data sets. If you had a list of every data protection regulation the list might look like some form of alphabet soup. This brief lecture doesn't go over everything but it does raise awareness of the importance of regulations and why you should probably care.

Overview of Protected Data Sets
Handling of Data (Data Leakage) Quiz
4 questions
+ Passwords and Security Questions
3 lectures 06:58

Probably the most popular and even controversial security awareness topic is on passwords. Passwords are important since they are often the only line of defense between the public and your accounts, depending on what your accounts access. We'll briefly touch on a few threats on passwords and end the lecture with an amusing list of the top common passwords. If you have a password covered in this list, please change it immediately before doing anything else.

Why Good Passwords are Important and Common Passwords

The longer and more complex the password is, the better. We'll briefly go over a few changes happening in the password landscape and cover a few tips on coming up with a good password.

Best Practices for Creating Passwords

Security questions go beyond passwords to help protect accounts or at least that's what they were designed to do. If you answer security questions truthfully, you might be risking a hack since your information is more available online than you might think.

Security Questions
Passwords and Security Questions Quiz
3 questions
+ Safe Browsing
3 lectures 05:35

This security awareness section covers everyone's favorite pastime - web browsing. Ads and sponsored content aren't bad by default but they have the ability to be abused. Just because something is online doesn't mean it's safe or factually true.

Ads and Sponsored Content

It's super easy to get a website these days. Not all websites you come across will be safe. This lecture covers a couple things to look out for before you have your next web surfing session.

Typosquatting and Malicious Websites

Popular topics can be dangerous to search for online. Please be careful what you search for and who you come in contact with online. You may be in for a surprise if you blindly trust everyone and everything you come across.

Malicious Websites and Dangerous Things to Search Online
Safe Browsing Quiz
3 questions
+ Mobile Devices and Traveling
3 lectures 05:43

Mobility seems to be lagging topic in the security awareness realm. The mobile threat landscape is already high but it will only increase as mobile usage increases. Apps can be very dangerous since more information can be process and stored on your mobile device.

Personal App safety on Android and iOS

Public Wi-Fi is a really good example of something that can be potentially dangerous due to a threat you can't see. You and your provider may not be the only people that can see what your doing on a public wireless connection.

Connecting to Public Wi-Fi

Bring your own device or BYOD is commonplace now. The next hurdle on this mobile chain is the usage policies and expectations of privacy you might face in a professional environment.

Your Personal Device in the Workplace
Mobile Devices and Traveling Quiz
3 questions
+ Ransomware
3 lectures 03:36

Ransomware isn't the first or only piece of malware out there, yet organizations appear to be lagging behind in this area of security awareness. It's understandable since ransomware is extremely dangerous considering it can not only halt your usage of your computer, but it can also potentially erase your digital life quicker than you can say extortion.

What Ransomware Does and How it Spreads

The biggest question you'll have after getting hit with ransomware is "should I pay to get my stuff back." The answer isn't always as simple as the 2 absolutes of pay and get stuff back and don't pay and don't get stuff back. Before you send that demand payment in, review these quick 5 points.

You've Been Hit, Should You Pay the Ransom?

The 3 easiest ways to protect against ransomware is antivirus, backups, and caution. We'll expand on those 3 things in this brief lecture.

How to Protect Against Ransomware
Ransomware Quiz
3 questions
+ Conclusion
2 lectures 01:57

You made it to the last section of this security awareness course! Remember how communication is important? It's not just about getting your questions answered or knowing how to avoid a few attacks. It's also about letting your nerdy team know if you notice something unusual. We're all in this together and the security folks would sure appreciate your help in keeping you and your company secure.

If You See Something, Say Something

Thank you so much for making it this far! If you have any questions, let me know. I'm here to serve you. I would also appreciate an honest review of the course once you're done. If this course isn't 5-stars, let me know how to improve it. Thanks!

Thank You for Viewing this Security Awareness Training Course!

You're not off the hook just yet. These 2 questions are here to make sure Security Awareness is consistently kept up!

Security Awareness Conclusion Quiz (Yes, really)
2 questions